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Mum’s marathon efforts raise £1​,​400

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£1,400 fundraised: For Diabetes UK Cymru

A MUM from Llandysul has raised more than £1​,​400 for Diabetes UK Cymru after her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Catrin Evans-Thomas, 36, ran the Swansea Half Marathon to raise awareness of the condition after her son, Caio Glyn, 6, was diagnosed in January this year.

Catrin said: “Caio Glyn was visiting the bathroom more than usual and constantly asking for water. We knew that things weren’t right but had no idea what it could be. I now know that these are two of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, the 4 Ts: toilet, thirst, tired, thinner.

“We took Caio Glyn to Glangwili Hospital where a finger prick test to check his blood glucose levels showed that he had Type 1 diabetes. There has been a lot for our whole family to learn since Caio Glyn was diagnosed, but he is managing his condition really well. I knew I wanted to do something to raise awareness of the seriousness of Type 1 diabetes as well as the symptoms.”

This was Catrin’s first-ever half marathon but she completed the 13.1-mile course in two hours and one minute, raising an impressive £1431. Catrin, Caio Glyn and little sister Gwenlli, 4, met Diabetes UK Cymru’s Fundraising Manager, Joseph Cuff, to present him with a cheque.

Catrin said: “I found the first 12 miles fine; the cause that I was running for and thinking of Caio Glyn totally pushed me through it. It was just the last mile that was really tough, going over the uphill cobbles in Swansea!

“It did it in 2:01 and was so happy with the time. The end was so overwhelming. I had family and friends at the finish line and I just hugged my children so tight. I just felt huge relief, and so glad I’d done it for Caio Glyn. I said I’d never do another one but we’ll see! I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me for their support.”

Type 1 diabetes is a serious lifelong condition that affects around 1400 children and young people in Wales, as well as around 18,600 adults. People with the condition don’t produce the hormone insulin, which is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood. Type 1 diabetes isn’t currently preventable and nobody knows what causes it, but the symptoms can develop very quickly.

If left untreated it can lead to serious health problems, including diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life threatening condition which requires urgent medical treatment.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s Know Type 1 campaign aims to help parents and healthcare professionals to spot the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes to make sure more children are diagnosed early. Look out for the four Ts:

  • Toilet – going to the toilet a lot, bed wetting by a previously dry child, or heavier nappies in babies
  • Thirsty – being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst
  • Tired – feeling more tired than usual
  • Thinner – losing weight or looking thinner than usual

If your child has any of these signs and symptoms, you should take them straight to the doctor and insist on a test for Type 1 diabetes there and then. All it takes is a quick and simple finger-prick blood test, which your GP can carry out straight away.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s Fundraising Manager, Joseph Cuff, said: “We’re so grateful to Catrin for taking on her first ever half marathon to support Diabetes UK Cymru. She has raised a terrific amount of money as well as helping raise vital awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Every penny raised will help us to continue to support people living with diabetes in Wales.”

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The Little Mill Players present Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood by Ben Crocker

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Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is this year’s Little Mill Players Pantomime. Performances will be at Theatr Felinfach from Thursday 30 January to Saturday 01 February at 7:30pm. There will also be a matinée performance on Saturday 01 February at 2:30pm.

Robin Hood may be the best archer in the land, but can he escape the clutches of the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and save the Babes? Come along and join Winnie Widebottom, Marion, Little Joan, Friar Tuck and the Outlaws (and also, surprisingly, the Smugglers Cove WI who have come to Sherwood Forest on a camping holiday and get caught up in the adventure). Boo, hiss and cheer to help make sure the Sheriff gets his just deserts. Expect much fun, laughter and song in this family friendly production.

The Little Mill Players have existed as long as Theatr Felinfach has been in existence, since 1972. Members of the company come from various parts of Ceredigion and even Carmarthenshire. The age range of the cast varies from 7 to 60+ and their jobs vary from manual to managerial as well as school pupils and students. This year they are again thrilled to have several new faces and hope this trend will continue.

The show’s director, Stephen Entwistle, has been a member of the group for over 16 years. He began life with the group as the Musical Director, then progressed onto the stage and is now the ‘boss’!

One of the longest serving members of the current cast is Dilys Megicks, the show’s production assistant, who has been a member for some 24 years. During that time she has portrayed a wide array of characters including a baddy, a chicken and is currently Chair of the Smuggler’s Cove WI! She enjoys all aspects of the traditional pantomime.

Another, now established, member of the cast is Andrew Tyrrell who, over the years, has truly made the role of panto ‘Dame’ his own. He most certainly is the comedian of the cast. Andrew also takes charge of prop building and supplies.

Remember to follow Theatr Felinfach’s Facebook page for opportunities to win tickets to the production. Tickets are available from Theatr Felinfach’s Box Office on 01570 470697 or online at theatrfelinfach.cymru. Ticket prices are £9 for adults, £8 for Senior Citizens and £6 for children.

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NHS volunteers needed

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Volunteering for the NHS can be incredibly rewarding and Hywel Dda UHB are looking for new people to join their Volunteering for Health service in Ceredigion.

There are many reasons why you may consider volunteering with Hywel Dda UHB. It is a great way to experience what it is like in a hospital environment if you are thinking about a career in health. It can also help you to give something back if you’ve been a patient yourself or had a relative in hospital.

There are many different volunteer roles available such as patient befrienders on our wards and welcome volunteers at hospital receptions, and we are particularly looking for people who would be able to help with the shop trolley and help as patient befrienders on our wards at Bronglais Hospital.

Volunteer information sessions will be held in February and anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer can find out more by contacting the Volunteering for Health team on 01267 244401 or HDd.VolunteerForHealth@wales.nhs.uk.

David Fretwell, Volunteer Manager at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “One of the greatest benefits volunteers can bring to the NHS is the support and comfort you bring to our patients. We particularly want to establish a shop trolley at Bronglais Hospital but we encourage anyone local to Ceredigion who wants to volunteer for their NHS to get in touch.”

To find out more about Hywel Dda UHB’s Volunteering for Health Service please visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/volunteering

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Elin Jones backs calls for Epilepsy Nurse working in Ceredigion

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ELIN JONES has joined people living with epilepsy and those who support them to discuss issues relating to the healthcare and wellbeing of epilepsy sufferers in the Aberystwyth area, and has reiterated their call for a specific Epilepsy Nurse in the local Health Board.

Epilepsy Aberystwyth District Support Group meets on the second Saturday of each month, in Tesco’s Community Space in Aberystwyth from 11.00am until 1.00pm.

Following the meeting, Elin Jones said:

“It is important that epilepsy sufferers have appropriate local healthcare support.

“Many epilepsy sufferers are prohibited from driving, and therefore face additional barriers to accessing health and social support.

“There is currently no specialist epilepsy nurse in the Hywel Dda Health Board and I will be raising with the need to appoint such a necessary role with the Chief Executive.

“Meetings such as this with local action groups provide me with valuable insight into the variety of challenges faced by people with specific conditions in Ceredigion and it allows me to represent them more effectively with relevant authorities.”

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